Air Power is a historical educational television series broadcast in the 1950s over the CBS television network dealing with the rise of aviation as a military weapon. It starred Walter Cronkite as the narrator and featured a musical score by Norman Dello Joio.In this episode of Air Power "The Early days" Narrated by Eddie Rickenbacker, former World War 1 ace, now Eastern Airlines executive and commentator Walter Cronkite. With the use of still pictures and films, they trace the... Topics: Air Power, CBS, World War II, Aircraft, Wright Brothers, Airplane
This 1930s German educational film, Part 2 of 2 (we could not locate Part 1 unfortunately!), shows how to construct an airplane model from balsa wood, paper and glue. After adjusting for the center of gravity with weights, the finished product is then test flown by two young boys off a hill. In the early 20th century this type of model building was commonplace.Scale models in the 1920s and 30s, and even into the 1960s, were often made from paper (normal or heavy), balsa wood or card stock.... Topics: Wood, Woodturning, Model aircraft, Airplane, Deutsch
Dating from 1928, this silent newsreel shows the flight of the Bremen, a German Junkers W 33 aircraft that made the first successful transatlantic airplane flight from east to west between April 12 and 13, 1928.The Bremen left Baldonnel Aerodrome, Ireland on April 12 and flew to Greenly Island, Canada, arriving on April 13, after a flight fraught with difficult conditions and compass problems. The crew consisted of pilot Captain Hermann Köhl, the navigator, Major James Fitzmaurice, and the... Topics: 1928, newsreel, Bremen airplane, Greenly Island, Henry Ford Museum, Germany, Bremen, Baldonnel
This fascinating silent color film from World War II shows a variety of rockets produced by the United States for use in the conflict. Many of these weapons were developed at Caltech, and the film shows some of the work done there to perfect these systems. Various launch platforms are shown including small craft such as the LCI and the LCM, and aircraft of various kinds including the Navy's Harpoon. The 5-inch Forward Firing Aircraft Rocket or FFAR was an American rocket developed during... Topics: World War II, Aircraft, Rocket, Folding Fin, High Velocity Aircracrt Rocket, privateer airplane
This 1941 U.S. Army Air Force training film shows how aerial bombs, fuzes, detonators and other components should be handled and loaded aboard aircraft.This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2k. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com Topics: Aerial Bomb, Air Force, Boeing B-17, Bombardier, Demoliton Bomb, Airplane, U.S. Air Force
Presented by Plymouth Motors and sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, this historic film "Adventures in Imagination" shows the run-up to the 2nd Annual international Model Airplane Contest in Detroit Michigan in 1948, and the event itself. In 1947, Plymouth Motors sponsored the first such contest, which lasted four days and garnered national attention. It was so successful that the second event in 1948 was sponsored by Plymouth dealers across the United States, who sent... Topics: Model Airplanes, Plymouth Motors, Radio Controlled Planes, RC Plane, Radio-Controlled Aircraft,...
This Royal Canadian Air Force film shows a military plane crash and its aftermath, with one uninjured crewman doing his best to keep injured cohorts alive until help arrives. The title of the film is not certain (because the opening title is missing!) but we believe it is called "No Time to Lose". The scenario unfolds as the plane's crew, already low on fuel and with an engine out, learns that their base is completely fogged in. Moments later a second engine failure dooms the... Topics: Royal Canadian Air Force, Aircraft, Plane Crash, Accident, Survival, Canada, Airplane, Morse Code
"Age of the Jet" dates to 1958 and is chock full of historic footage of aviation's earliest days, including excerpts from the film "Coast to Coast in 24 Hours" with the Ford Trimotor. It also includes images of Anne and Charles Lindbergh flying to pioneer new air routes (5 minute mark). A gigantic DO-X flying boat is seen at the 6:30 mark, and a Sikorsky S-42 Flying Boat as well. The DC-3 marked an appearance around 7:30 with Eleanor Roosevelt christening Eastern... Topics: DO-X Flying, Charles Lindberg, Douglas DC-3, Wake Island, Pan American World Airline, Lockheed...